If you read our last blog post, you know how pleased we were with our hand-made, whole tree post and shiny, black mail box, ready to start receiving our mail from our rural delivery person.
We just put it in last week and our change of address has occurred. We went out yesterday about noon, ready to see if the red flag was up, then open the door and pull out our first mail delivered.
What we found instead of our red mail flag flying high was a smashed box with the red flag beaten off and laying in pieces on the ground.
Doug tried to hammer it back into shape, but it was too far gone — could not be resuscitated.
That feels bad.
At least six of our neighbors also lost their mail boxes.
Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705), makes it a crime to vandalize them (or to injure, deface or destroy any mail deposited in them). Violators can be fined up to $250,000, or imprisoned for up to three years, for each act of vandalism.
Have you had a similar experience as target of random violence?
What did you do about it?